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New surgeon talks about services

Dr. Elliot Maness, D.O., recently joined Payson Surgery Associates and was the guest speaker at the Feb. 18 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.

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Young Longhorns ready to hit the diamond

It’s a drastically different Payson High baseball team that opens the season in the Fountain Hills Invitational on Wednesday.

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Payson business program wins awards

Thirty Payson High School DECA students came home with awards from the AZ DECA Central District Conference held in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 13.

The key to reform

On the subject of educational reform ... please take note of the story concerning a wonderfully creative effort in a Payson High School history class to help students understand how miscalculation and emotion produced the great tragedy of the 20th century — World War I.

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Students offer teacher a fascinating lesson in role-playing

Alas, poor Pinland learns the bitter lessons of World War I

Payson High School history teacher Chad Gower admits he’s much more comfortable teaching from a strict lesson plan, but decided to color outside the lines to teach World War I. He ended up learning right along with his students.

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7th Annual Lip Sync Contest coming Feb. 28

The Rim Country Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Payson, with the help of Payson High Longhorn Theatre Company are proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Lip Sync Contest on Feb. 28 at the PHS Auditorium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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THAT booming brewery begins bruising battle

Microbrewery in Pine faces possible restrictions by state

Since tapping their first beers four years ago, THAT Brewery in Pine has experienced rapid growth, distributing kegs everywhere from Tucson to Flagstaff and opening a second location in Cottonwood last year.

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Federal judge overturns delay in deportations

A federal judge in Texas this week ruled that President Barack Obama’s executive order deferring deportations for three years for millions of people who have lived without documentation in the United States for years has cast a shadow of uncertainty over many seeking legal permission to stay.

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Stuck in limbo

Girl trapped immigration tangle

Maria sat in her chair, stylishly dressed after a day of school, which figures so largely in all of her dreams.

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Decades spent protecting his community

Mike Brandt’s post-military aptitude placement tests suggested a career in law enforcement or firefighting.

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What's with all the smoke?

Controlled burns planned next week near Whispering Pines

Tonto National Forest fire specialists hope to burn 3,000 acres of brush and debris piles near Whispering Pines Feb. 23-25, depending on the weather, including 200 acres close to Forest Road 233. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke on Monday during the hand firing operation.

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Fires will spawn smoke

Controlled burns planned next week near Whispering Pines

Tonto National Forest fire specialists hope to burn 3,000 acres of brush and debris piles near Whispering Pines Feb. 23-25, depending on the weather, including 200 acres close to Forest Road 233. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke on Monday during the hand firing operation.

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Sunflower Scrimmage Baseball at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21

Payson High’s baseball season doesn’t officially begin until the Longhorns participate in the Fountain Hills Invitational beginning on Wednesday. And PHS doesn’t open the home schedule until entertaining Morenci on March 6.

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Why I started looking for Bigfoot

Things That go Snap in the Night

This whole Bigfoot thing has been a crazy journey, which began simply enough. I’ve been interested in offbeat topics my entire life, and I’ve always been pretty open-minded about things. So could there be an undiscovered ape-like species of animal living in the woods?

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Fraud arrest

Police seek possible victims

Police say they are still unraveling a major fraud scheme involving two Star Valley residents and are looking for anyone who may have been a victim.

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Police still investigating

The autopsies for two people found dead in a west Payson home Sunday night have been completed, but police are not releasing any new details.

Political sausage

“Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.” Mark Twain

Town yard by park needs more work

How wonderful that the front page news of our Friday, Feb. 13 paper told how promptly our town officials got together and cleaned up the “town yard” located at 500 South Green Valley Parkway after complaints received from people strolling along the upper loop of the park who could view the “unorganized junk yard” and the Payson Roundup sending town officials several pictures of the mess and seeking town officials help to clean it up.

I love this town

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who kept their eyes and ears on alert looking for my lost puppy, Z.

We get what we elect

The antics of the recently elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas should come as no surprise.